In order to bring awareness to gun violence, Pastor Brooks, the “Rooftop Pastor”, chose to live in a tent on the rooftop of an abandoned motel directly across the street from his church in Chicago’s Englewood and Woodlawn neighborhoods. After 94 days on the rooftop Pastor Brooks had raised the funds needed for Phase 1 of Project HOOD, a community and economic development center – a place where the community, and most importantly, the youth, could meet, learn and grow together.
As a part of our Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI), Perkins+Will is assisting Pastor Brooks and his vision to end violence and rebuild communities. Integral to the architectural design, his vision will ultimately result in a model for sustainable urban development that will provide a safe haven for the community and a place for recreation, artistic expression, job training and employment opportunities.
The building is organized around a central courtyard with a theater, gymnasium, technology center, childcare, classrooms and meeting rooms. The exterior landscaped courtyard features terraced seating and a floating screen where film festivals and public lectures can be accommodated. Vegetative green roofs will be used throughout the facility to control storm water runoff, while harvested rain water and low flow fixtures will help reduce potable water use. The building will also stimulate economic development by providing abundant retail frontage along King Drive to incubate fledgling companies and promote an entrepreneurial spirit within the community.